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NIOSH Releases Manual Material Handling Safety Publication

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced the release of a new publication, Simple Solutions for Home Building Workers: A Basic Guide for Preventing Manual Material Handling Injuries, which also is available in Spanish.

Home building is physically demanding work, and manual material handling may be the most difficult part of the job. These activities increase the risk of painful strains and sprains and more serious soft tissue injuries.

This publication was written especially for young and less experienced home building workers but provides basic information about readily available work practices and equipment that can help new and experienced workers, contractors and builders prevent serious manual material handling injuries. Original drawings and nontechnical language are used to describe manual material handling injury risks and how these risks can be reduced or eliminated for certain activities.

Simple Solutions for Home Building Workers is in the public interest and may be copied or reprinted. It is available as a Web publication and can be printed or downloaded by clicking here for English and here for Spanish. A limited number of copies will be printed for distribution to home building industry stakeholders and will be available July 15; to order, call (800) CDC-INFO or visit NIOSH’s website at – See more at:

(From NRCA Newsletter)